With the breadth of the North American continent and almost half of the Pacific Ocean between Florida and the Hawaiian Islands, it's no surprise that cruises between the two destinations are considerable voyages, over a month in duration and requiring a full transit of the Panama Canal. Such epic itineraries are able to balance all the most desirable aspects of cruising: visiting many and varied port cities in multiple countries, relaxing days at sea with the sun overhead and nothing but the vast blue ocean on the horizon, and doing it all from the comfort of your own floating, all-inclusive resort. With the exception of months-long around-the-world cruises, only two cruise lines offer sailings from the Sunshine State to the Aloha State. Their itineraries differ considerably.
Oceania Cruises: Stars and Seasides
Oceania's 32-day Stars and Seasides cruise from Miami, Florida to Papeete, Tahiti includes 17 full days at sea, variously crossing the Straits of Florida, Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean, and a day transiting the Panama Canal. The remainder of its itinerary is dedicated to ports on both U.S. coasts, in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, Hawaii and the South Pacific.
Highlights of the first week's available excursions include touring a cigar factory in Havana, Cuba, sailing in a replica 17th-century Spanish galleon in the bay of Cartagena, Colombia and hiking in the rain forest near Puntarenas, Costa Rica. During the second week, you'll visit Corinto in Nicaragua and three ports in Mexico: Huatulco, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas. After a day in Los Angeles, California, it takes five full days of cruising to reach Hawaii, where for three consecutive days you'll dock at Honolulu on Oahu, Kahului on Maui and Hilo on the Big Island. The final days of the cruise are dedicated to the South Pacific, where featured ports are Nuku Hiva, Moorea and Papeete (Tahiti) in French Polynesia. Each promises its own tropical treasures, among them black sand beaches, fern grottoes, one of the world's tallest waterfalls and pristine coral reefs for diving and snorkeling.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Grand Pacific Paradise
Regent Seven Seas' Grand Pacific Paradise cruise takes 66 days to sail from Miami, Florida to Sydney, Australia. Along the way it calls at 36 ports in 14 countries, among them places in Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico, the Hawaiian ports of Kahului, Honolulu and Hilo, and beyond Hawaii, the Marquesas, Bora Bora and Tahiti along with other islands in the balmy South Pacific. The Seven Seas Mariner reaches a new continent on day 50, docking at historic Norfolk Island between Australia and New Zealand. The remainder of the voyage is dedicated to diverse destinations in New Zealand, including urban Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, the wine-country hub Gisborne and historic Dunedin; and in Australia, Burnie in Tasmania and the mainland cities of Melbourne, Geelong, Eden and finally Sydney. Scenic cruising through New Zealand's fjords is also a highlight.
Oceania has a "country club casual" dress code, while Regent Seven Seas requests resort-style attire during the daytime and elegant-casual/formal-optional attire in the evenings. Most destinations featured on Florida-to-Hawaii cruises have casual dress codes. However in South Pacific island villages (as opposed to beach and resort areas) it's respectful to dress conservatively, with women covered from shoulder to knee.
Most destinations on Florida-to-Hawaii cruises have warm to hot climates year-round. There are some exceptions to consider: high-elevation peaks of Hawaiian volcanoes, disparate climates throughout Australia's regions and milder temperatures overall in New Zealand.
When looking at fares, know that Regent Seven Seas' rates are all-inclusive, covering flights, transfers, unlimited shore excursions, onboard enrichment lectures and more. Oceania offers a choice of cruise-only fares and OLife fares, which include airfare, shore excursions, beverages and other inclusions.